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GIS Laboratory Manager

Villanova University

Villanova,  Pennsylvania

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory Manager supervises and maintains the Department’s GIS Laboratory and geospatial equipment and software. The Manager supports the Department’s programs and functions and the teaching mission by providing assistance to faculty in the development and teaching of geospatial lessons, exercises, labs, and courses. Serves as the primary geospatial advisor and resource for faculty and students.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise and maintain the Department’s GIS laboratory, geospatial equipment, and software.
• Supervise the operations and maintenance of the Department’s GIS Laboratory (i.e., Mendel G83): 18 computer workstations, Vidar wide carriage scanner; and HP T1120 large format plotter. Manage and maintain ESRI ArcGIS student and faculty software licenses and coordinate with ESRI technical support as required.
• Maintain and account for GPS equipment (2 x Trimble GeoXT Receivers; 10 x Trimble Juno 3B Receivers; 8 Trimble Juno ST Receivers, 7 x I–Pads, and 1 x Explorer Tablet), software (Trimble Pathfinder Office and Trimble TerraSync), and the GPS base station. Manage and maintain required student and faculty software licenses and coordinate with Keystone Precision Instruments technical support as required.
• Ensure that all geospatial software is up–to–date and make certain that equipment is prepared to support Department courses, research projects, and external support programs.
• Ensure that expendable supplies are on–hand to support lab, teaching, and research requirements/operations.
• Provide technical advice and support for Remotely Piloted Vehicles.
• Integrate advanced and innovative geospatial equipment, software, and analytical techniques into courses and research operations as needed.

Support the Department’s teaching mission by providing assistance to faculty in the development and teaching of geospatial lessons, exercises, labs, throughout the department’s curriculum.
• Support GEV 4700 and GEV 7040 laboratory sections.
• Provide assistance to faculty teaching geospatial courses.
• Assist faculty with the design and presentation of geospatial labs/exercises in support of the Department’s teaching mission.
• Teach selected geospatial labs/exercises in support of Department courses.
• Assist with the management of the GIS Certificate Program.

Primary geospatial advisor and resource for faculty and students
• Support faculty and student research projects by advising and assisting with the design and implementation of the geospatial component of research projects.
• Provide field support for faculty research projects with the approval of the Department Chair.
• Advise and assist out-of-class research work by graduate and undergraduate students.
• Assist faculty from across the campus with research-related GIS and GPS projects.
• Assist service related Departmental and University projects in support of the mission.
• Advise the Department Chair in all areas related to geospatial courses and research to include support and maintenance of current capabilities, as well as projected needs.

Support Departmental programs and functions
• Maintain the Department’s web site.
• Support functions such as Open Houses, Candidate’s Day, and other events.
• Develop and manage geospatial outreach projects such as the CRS Madagascar partnership.
• Support student professional development activities.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, geography, or closely related field is required,
  • 3+ years of related experience in experience in geospatial systems and techniques.
  • Must have proficiency in ESRI ArcGIS and ArcView desktop and online software applications including the most recent ArcGIS desktop, ArcGISPro, and ARCGIS online. Working knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS) applications, software and equipment; principles of photogrammetry and related software; remote sensing; and computer assisted cartography.
  • Should have knowledge of server and general networking principles.
  • Must be familiar with computer work stations, GIS and GPS software, digitization equipment, GPS equipment, and remotely piloted vehicles.
  • Demonstrate verbal communication skills to lead graduate and undergraduate students during lab exercises and courses. Should have written skills that enable and support the production of lab exercises and other course support materials.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS is preferred but not required.

Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:

  • Tools, machinery, and equipment used:
  • Computer work stations, GIS equipment and software, GPS equipment, digitization equipment, large format plotters, and remotely piloted vehicles.

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